A Call for Boys to Become Men

This was first posted at Treasuring Christ on Febrary 4, 2010:

Our culture allows the period of life we call adolescence to linger too long. There are entirely too many males in our world in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and up who are resisting responsibility. Those in Hollywood typically portray the adult American male as sex-crazed, pleasure-seeking, lazy and weak. I dare say that too many of us have given good reason for such a portrayal. How long will we tolerate this perception?

The Apostle Paul states in 1 Corinthians 13, “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.” The adult American male needs to follow Paul’s example. There are too many homes with absent or virtually non-existent dads. There are too many single, Godly young women without husbands because the adult American male refuses to grow up. Too many wives are victims of the effects of affairs losing their husband’s time and affection to other men, women, work and/or the computer screen.

Let us put away childish things.
Let us be men of integrity.
Let us be disgusted at the portrayal of men on television and in movies.
Let us rise up and be called men.
Let us exercise restraint.
Let us find joy and fulfillment in fighting for and loving our wives.
Let us find purpose in the work God has given us to do.
Let us raise young men and raise young women in security with an example of what a man is supposed to be.
Let us stand up and lead in our homes, our workplaces, in our community and in our churches.
Let us be men.

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